Neymar ordered to pay €45 million after being found guilty of tax fraud - reports

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Neymar has been found guilty of tax fraud and must pay back €45 million in taxes, interest and penalties, according to reports.

Last month it was reported that the Sao Paulo federal court was issuing warrants to block more than £32 million worth of assets owned by the Brazilian international and his family, including the 24-year-old’s private jet, a yacht and several properties in Brazil.

Now, according to information from La Folha de Sao Paulo, Neymar has been found guilty by an administrative court of the Federal Revenue in Rio de Janeiro, and will have to repay the huge amount of cash.

The former Santos player is said to be the second-highest earner at Barcelona behind Lionel Messi, who reportedly pockets £14.6 million-per-year. He also pockets millions through sponsorship with the likes of Nike.

The case centres around the accusation that the Barcelona forward, who has 26 goals in 37 appearances for the Catalan club this season, avoided paying $63.6m reales (around £11million) through his management company between 2012 and 2014, while it's also alleged he owes  $125.2m reales in fines and interest.

Neymar's own tax issues aren't the only investigation he's been involved in - Barcelona are under scrutiny for their actions in taking the 24-year-old from Santos to the Nou Camp in 2013.

The Catalan club were forced to publish details of the move in an attempt to ward off accusations by Spain's authorities of tax fraud over the transfer.

"It's embarrassing because we think we are right," Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu said in 2014. "We think we did things properly, that everything was done in the correct and best way."

Earlier this year Neymar appeared in court to face questions over whether his employers hid his value in order to avoid paying tax.

The deal was originally valued at £43million by Barcelona, however authorities claim that the true value of the transfer was ultimately in excess of £60 million.

Barcelona are currently top of La Liga by eight points from Atletico Madrid, while they're also on course to repeat their treble of last season having qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals and made it to the final of the Copa del Rey.

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